Friday, October 13, 2006

Justices Reject Challenge to Waterway 'no-build zones'

Third River Near Broad St. in Bloomfield

From The Star Ledger:
The state Supreme Court will not consider an appeal by the New Jersey Builders Association challenging the state's water protection regulations, leaving intact rules that are considered the toughest in the nation....

The builders were attempting to appeal an April state Appellate Court ruling that held the state Department of Environmental Protection had the power to establish 300-foot "no-build zones" around New Jersey's most pristine waterways, effectively putting up to 300,000 acres off limits to construction.

The zones do not prohibit construction of single-family homes that were approved before Feb. 2, 2004, and are not part of a larger development. Towns that have stormwater management plans can reduce the buffers to 150 feet.

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